Just the right medicine

Posted: June 30, 2011 in Power Generation

One of the four Cummins C3000 generator sets being installed as part of the emergency power system at the $1.76 billion Gold Coast University Hospital.

The new $1.76 billion, 750-bed Gold Coast University Hospital is the largest public health infrastructure project currently underway inAustralia.

The hospital, being built by Lend Lease atSouthport, is scheduled for completion in late 2012.

The emergency power system for the hospital’s central energy plant is being supplied and installed by Cummins Power Generation.

The system comprises four C3000 generator sets powered by Cummins’ biggest diesel engine, the QSK78, a 78-litre V16. Each genset has a continuous rating of 2.2 MW.

“The key reason Cummins was selected for the project was its ability to provide a total system solution – a turn-key power system,” says Greg Monteith, Cummins Power Generation regional sales manager.

“This results in greater power system reliability – obviously a critical factor for a 750-bed hospital.”

Apart from utilising the four Cummins C3000 gensets, the fully integrated system incorporates Cummins PowerCommand digital paralleling equipment and also a Cummins DMC300 digital master control system.

Artist's impression of the new 750-bed hospital which will open late in 2012.


The new hospital, with around 300 more beds than the existing Gold Coast Hospital, will have a total floor space of 175,000 square metres – about the same size as 25 rugby fields. By comparison, the existing hospital has a floor space of 54,000 square metres.

The new facility will comprise seven main buildings and will provide new services such as cancer radiotherapy, neuroscience, neonatal intensive care, trauma response and cardiac therapy.

There will also be additional operating theatres, an expanded intensive care unit and emergency department, more cots in the special care nursery; and greater capacity in medical imaging, pharmacy and pathology services.

As one of Queensland’s largest clinical teaching and research facilities, the new hospital will also train health care professionals of the future.

Cummins personnel check out the genset installation.



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